What is the Oeko-Tex label?

oekotex label

You’ve probably already seen the name on the label of one of your favourite garments without paying too much attention to it. And yet, this is the label to follow closely for healthy and ecological clothing. Like many other certifications, the Oeko-Tex eco-label aims to be environmentally and human friendly by highlighting textiles that are not harmful. This label will not only allow you to see more clearly in your purchases, but also to consume responsibly. Let’s take a look at this international ecolabel.

What is Oeko-Tex certification?

The full name is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, a label of German origin that was developed in 1992. It was one of the first certifications to guarantee that textiles are free of certain toxic substances. Both for the body and the environment. It was a pioneer because no other label before its creation provided a reliable assessment of the ecological quality of textiles.

The Oeko-Tex label has made it possible to develop an international control and certification system for harmful substances in textiles. Its control has been extended even further to include dyes in order to ensure total traceability. This applies to all raw, semi-finished and finished textiles.

However, with transparent traceability and harmless clothing, Oeko-Tex certified fabrics do not necessarily guarantee organic origin.

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The Oeko-Tex label standards

In order to meet the requirements of the label, retailers must comply with production standards. This certification is issued for a period of one year by the independent laboratory of the OEKO-TEX Association. In order to carry out reliable tests, a study is carried out on the production site of the applicant company. But the laboratory also carries out random checks directly on the products put on the market.

Thus, they have the keys in hand to fulfil the specifications properly. Numerous chemical substances are tested, more than three hundred, but also the pH, stability and colour fastness. They update the criteria every year, hence the period of validity of the certification.

This label highlights a problem that is sometimes little known to consumers: some clothing or home textiles can be dangerous and harmful to health. As consumers become increasingly aware of this issue, this label offers an opportunity for transparency and respect for our bodies and the environment.

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